Bhagalpur communal clash..Union minister's accused son surrenders
| April 1, 2018, 1:15 a.m.
Patna, Apr 1: Accused in the Bhagalpur communal violence, Union minister Ashwini Choubey’s son Arijit Shashwat surrendered before the police on Saturday. He termed the FIR against him as fake, and said that he will move higher courts to get bail.
"The FIR filed against me is totally fake. I am going to surrender before the police (in Bhagalpur violence case), but it is not under any kind of pressure. I was told that my anticipatory bail was rejected. Therefore, in respect of the court, I am surrendering. However, we will approach higher courts. My innocence will be proved," Shashwat told ANI.
Earlier in the day, a Bihar court rejected the bail plea of Shashwat. After hearing both sides, the Bhagalpur district court declined to grant bail to Shashwat.
Last week, a case was lodged against Shashwat -- a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader -- on charges of taking out a procession without prior permission, inciting communal sentiments and roaming with arms on the streets of Bhagalpur.
Shashwat, who has been evading arrest, had moved the bail plea in the civil court, following which the court on Tuesday sought the case diary from the police to ascertain his role in the communal flare-up on March 17.
Afther that, acting on an application from the district police, the court issued an arrest warrant against Shashwat.
Choubey has already described FIR as "a piece of garbage" that was registered by "corrupt police officers in Bhagalpur".
Shashwat unsuccessfully contested the last assembly polls as the BJP candidate from Bhagalpur, considered a stronghold of Choubey, who was elected MP from Buxar in 2014.